What’s the most serene place you can think of? For some, it might be an old pine forest off in the mountains. For others, it might be the coast, the fancy coffeeshop on the corner, or maybe their vegetable garden. But no matter what type of place you love the best, the most serene place you know of should be your own home. The home, no matter what shape it takes, should be your safe space, your respite from the stress of life. It can be hard work making a brick and mortar house into a real home, though. We each go through difficult stages of life, whether it be the constant rush of having kids to care for, or our work gets less reliable, or we get promoted to a much busier position. However it happens, we usually bring our stresses home with us, and we end up leaving them there to go get more to bring back at the end of the day.
To get out of that cycle, we have to be intentional about the way we do life. We should associate our homes with comfort (remember hygge?), and make efforts to de-stress and truly connect with our loved ones. This doesn’t just help our relationships, but it makes for some great, authentic family photos. When your home is your serene place, it comes across in the atmosphere of your home, permeating the whole scene. For a photographer like me, this is the perfect place to take pictures of your family. It’s where you’ll be the most natural, and the most comfortable. The heart of the home is the family, and a happy family makes for a wonderful home.
That’s not to say that you should fear the hectic times of life. Life can get pretty chaotic, especially with kids, and sometimes, that’s part of the beauty of life! And then, that’s part of the wonder of home, too. Embracing the chaos in this stage of life can be one of the most calming things you can do, and the hectic scene can make for an authentic and down-to-earth photo session. And this can help you have a real plan for your photo shoot, instead of sitting around wondering what to do next for the camera. Just follow the kids around, and you’ll have an action-packed, real life shoot, and you’ll get to look back on the moments and remember your little ones just as they were.
With that thought in mind, remember that no rooms are necessarily off limits. Real life happens all over the house, not just in the living room. Bedrooms are a wonderful example of this, and so are kitchens, offices, and even bathrooms. This doesn’t mean you have to deep clean every area of your home, though. While it’s good to keep things as presentable as you can, don’t worry about making it look as clean as a hospital. Do what you can, and leave it at that. It’s good to have some diversity, too, so using multiple rooms, and even taking things outside, can do wonders for the shoot. Keep an activity or two in mind as well, something your family really loves to do together. Dress casual, and above everything else, take your time. Sure, the photographer only has so long, but what’s more important than getting hundreds of photos is getting a few dozen that showcase your family just as they are.
All in all, your family photos should be about your family, and not about looking the best, having the cleanest home, or having a perfect life. Your family is unique, wonderful, and special, and I want to naturally and authentically capture your real life. This sounds harder than it really is. In reality, you’re probably being your authentic self at this very moment. The challenge is being the same you when you’re in your family session, but when your home welcomes you and is a reflection of your family, it’ll be a natural fit.
If you want to capture the essence of your family, contact me today to book your family session!